You and your landlord should do a walkthrough of the unit before your move-in date to make sure that you both agree on the condition of the unit, especially if someone was still living in the unit the first time you viewed it. A walkthrough should help prevent arguments later about who is responsible for the condition of the unit.
Use a Move-in/Move-out Checklist to help you do a walk through. Take pictures of any damages. You and your landlord should both sign the checklist. Make a copy of the checklist for your landlord and keep one for your records.
Your landlord has a legal responsibility to make necessary repairs in order to keep the rental property fit to live in. Check with your municipality for specific laws in your area.
Packing and moving your belongings
You will need lots of boxes. Grocery stores often have boxes they throw away and they will give them to you for free. A "move-in calculator" can help you determine the costs of moving. Ask friends and family to help you move or provide transportation. Friends are often willing to help if you offer pizza.
It is important to transfer all utilities for which you are responsible to your name as soon as you move into the apartment. Check the first bill that you get for your new apartment to make sure that your service start date matches your move in date, and keep a copy of that bill for your records.
Furnishing your apartment/essential supplies
When you are thinking about your budget, remember all the items you will have to get for your new apartment. You can get great deals on furniture by shopping at discount and second-hand stores like Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
|Toothbrush, shampoo, soap, toilet brush, toilet paper, tissues, hamper, towels, shower curtain, mats for floor and tub, waste basket
|Pillow, blankets, sheets, pillow case, lamp, hangers
|All-purpose cleaner, vacuum, laundry detergent, rags, carpet cleaner, mop, broom, dust pan, sponges, bucket
|Salt, pepper, pasta, rice, cereal, oil, sugar
|Measuring cup, spatula, can opener, cutting knife, cutting board, oven mitt, mixing bowl, baking pan/sheet, pot with lid, frying pan
|Aluminum foil, plastic bags, plastic containers
|Plates, cups, glasses, bowls, flatware
|Bed, dresser, couch, dinette set, coffee table
|Recycling bin, waste basket, light bulbs, first aid kit